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Warner ahead of Republicans in early polling on gubernatorial race

 Mark Warner, shown with wife Lisa Collis, may run for governor of Virginia again.
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Date published: 11/15/2012

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McAuliffe made a bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009, losing to Creigh Deeds (who then lost to now-Gov. Bob McDonnell), but he has never held an elected office in the state. In a release accompanying the poll, Quinnipiac assistant polling director Peter Brown said McAuliffe right now "is benefiting from his Democratic identification, which reflects the party's positive image in the state after President Barack Obama's victory and the president's 52 percent job approval."

The majority of voters polled said they don't know enough about McAuliffe, Cuccinelli or Bolling to have an informed opinion about them.

Cuccinelli and Bolling have been rivals for many months, with both having long ago announced they would run for governor. It hasn't been a particularly friendly rivalry, either--after last Tuesday's elections, Bolling told Politico that the election results show Republicans in Virginia need to focus on electability, rather than nominating an "ideological firebrand."

Davis became the fifth Republican to join the lieutenant governor's race--candidates who have already announced are Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson, Prince William Del. Scott Lingamfelter, state Sen. Steve Martin and Prince William County Supervisor Corey Stewart.

Additionally, the Virginian-Pilot reported that E.W. Jackson, who ran for the Republican nomination for the Senate earlier this year, is contemplating a run. Pete Snyder, a businessman who was director of Republicans' Virginia Victory campaign this year, also is considering joining the race.

On the Democratic side, only former state Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra has announced a run for lieutenant governor; state Sen. Mark Herring and former U.S. Attorney Justin Fairfax have announced for attorney general. Former Del. Ward Armstrong is said to still be mulling a run. Democrats will nominate their candidates by primary.

Republican candidates for attorney general so far are state Sen. Mark Obenshain, Del. Rob Bell and Fairfax court clerk John Frey, all of whom have been running for months.

Chelyen Davis: 540/368-5028
Email: cdavis@freelancestar.com


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